|Jennifer Leaning: Keys to human security - PopTech|
Dr. Jennifer Leaning is the director of the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and the FXB professor of the practice of health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health. She travels the world researching human security. "I'm looking at the ways in which you can promote health and well-being through time in the setting of war and disaster."
|Donnel Baird: Energy financing|
Donnel Baird explains his online platform that connects investors concerned about climate change with inner city solar and energy efficiency projects. "We create jobs, energy savings, carbon emission reductions, financial returns for our investors."
Keywords: Climate; Energy; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Nigel Waller on the Mobile Cloud - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Nigel Waller launched Movirtu to provide virtual mobile phone services for people earning less than two dollars a day. As Movirtu expands across Africa and Asia, even the poorest individuals can send text messages and make mobile payments as well as find work and access healthcare.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Technology; Fellows; Mobile; Data; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Africa
|Michael Blum: Failure and Resiliency - PopTech|
Tulane ecology professor Michael Blum has been at the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill response and clean-up efforts. In his PopTech talk, he analyzed the operational, organizational and technological failures that led to the accident as well as the community's resiliency in its rebuilding efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Water; Ocean; PopTech 2010; Resilience; Ecology
|Matthew Berg: Mobiles for Health - PopTech|
Matt Berg helped create and pilot ChildCount+, a mobile-phone-based health platform that empowers communities in Africa to improve child and maternal health. Matt also trains local programmers at the Rural Technology Lab, with a goal to advance the health of millions while decentralizing the software development process.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Mobile; Africa; Technology; PopTech 2010; Youth; Community; Women
|PopTech Iceland: Toward Resilience - PopTech|
In June 2012 PopTech will convene a gathering of researchers, practitioners and thought leaders--working in fields such as international development, global business, climate adaptation, social psychology, systems ecology, emerging technology, disaster relief, community activism--for a dialogue.
|Tom Darden: Make It Right - PopTech|
Tom Darden is the Executive Director of the Make It Right Foundation, an organization founded by actor Brad Pitt to build 150 green, high design homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Darden said he wants to take what has been a local conversation about green construction to the national level.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Architecture; Green; PopTech 2010; Sustainability; Community
|Sarah Fortune: Fighting TB - PopTech|
Why is tuberculosis so resistant to treatment? Sarah Fortune studies the bacterium that causes tuberculosis as well as how it responds to various eradication efforts, with a view to more effectively fighting this increasingly common global scourge.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Health; Biology; Medicine; PopTech 2010
|Assaf Biderman: Sentient Cities - PopTech|
Assaf Biderman is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, an MIT university research group that explores the "real-time city" by studying how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable ways of interacting in urban environments.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mapping; Climate; Urbanization; Visualizations; Data; PopTech 2009; Mobile
|Dennis Littky on Big Picture Ed - PopTech|
The co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning, Dennis Littky believes that cookie-cutter teaching fails too many students. So Littky works to make alternative, non-standardized curriculums the new standard. Big Picture now has more than 70 schools nationwide.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; Youth; PopTech 2009; Big Systems
|Unity Dow: Rethinking Africa - PopTech|
Unity Dow, a lawyer, high court justice in Botswana and novelist, describes seismic generational shifts between pre- and post-independence Africans. She asks how the identity shifts of the next generation will change the dynamics of the world stage and what that means for Americans, many of whom are working with outdated paradigms in a world rebalancing.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business
|Fortune and Biewald: Crowdsourcing TB cell annotation - PopTech|
Sarah Fortune, TB expert, and Lukas Biewald, CEO of the crowdsourcing start-up, Crowdflower, pair up through PopTech to crowdsource a task best done by the human eye: cataloging TB's bacterial cells. This collaboration has the potential to democratize the economics of science and basic scientific discovery.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Health; Biology; Crowdsourcing; Community; DIY; Emerging Tech
|Young Guru borrows a beat - PopTech|
Revered as "The Sound of New York," Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z's albums and officially became Jay-Z's tour D.J. in 2010. Watch him borrow a beat from Al Green to show the fine line between art and piracy.
|Thompson & Cotton forgive - PopTech|
The story of Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton is one of liberation and forgiveness. In 1984, Thompson testified that Cotton raped her, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Eleven years later, DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. Thompson and Cotton went on to write a memoir together about their experience.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Psychology; Conflict; PopTech 2010
|Milenko Matanovic: Art as community builder - PopTech|
Milenko Matanovic is a community builder and visual artist. He describes his journey from pure artist to facilitator, working with the betterment of the community in mind. Through his organization, The Pomegranate Center, Matanovic guides the conception and construction of open-air gathering places, involving the community in all phases of the project.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Architecture; Community; Collaboration; Human Rights
|Lloyd and Zimbalist: Memory mapping the news - PopTech|
Alexis Lloyd and Michael Zimbalist, both from the New York Times R&D Lab, describe a new app for memory mapping the news, which they created for PopTech's iPad app. Unlike the old model of top-down publishing, it allows consumers to combine news with their own personal memories. Users can see timelines in real and perceived time and view stories from the archives within the context of their own lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Culture; Internet; Journalism; Mapping; Emerging Tech
|Erica Williams on Youth Politics - PopTech|
Erica Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based activist and commentator who currently serves as the Deputy Director of Campus Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress. In this riveting Poptech talk, Williams discusses how the Millennial generation--today's 18-30 year olds--are re-imagining the nature of political engagement.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Community; Politics; Justice; Government; PopTech 2009; Youth
|Nathan Eagle: Global mobile workforce - PopTech|
Nathan Eagle is harnessing mobile phone data in emerging markets. He's launched txteagle, a program that enables the under-employed to earn money or phone credits by performing tasks on their cell phones. Through partnerships with over 220 mobile phone operators, txteagle is active in nearly 100 countries.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Africa; Mobile; Development; Business; PopTech 2010
|Energy disruptors: Jay Keasling on plant-based fuels - PopTech|
Jay Keasling, a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, grew up on a farm in Nebraska where his father raised corn. He decided to apply his past to what he'd been doing for years, engineering microbes to produce chemicals. He's turned his attention to solving the world's energy crisis, using plants to engineer clean-burning fuels that will replace oil.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Energy; Energy disruptors shorts; Shorts; Energy disruptors; Emerging Tech; Environment; Green
|Yasser Ansari: Networked Organisms - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari, self-described bio geek-turned-telecom nerd, wants to help boost eco-literacy. To do so, he has created Noah, an online platform and mobile application that allows "curious naturalists" to contribute to ongoing scientific research through data collection and documentation efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Mobile; Data; Science; Crowdsourcing; Living Systems DC Salon 2010
|Steve Barr Fixes Failing Schools - PopTech|
According to Steve Barr, the fastest way to fix education in America would be to make private schools illegal. As the founder of Green Dot Public Schools, Barr is devoted to improving public education in blighted cities. His efforts have transformed high schools across Los Angeles into charter schools that send nearly 80% of students to college.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Education; PopTech 2009; Urbanization; Governance; Youth
|John Fetterman: Reviving Braddock - PopTech|
Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman is fighting for the future of his rust belt town's future. Braddock has lost ninety percent of its buildings and most of its population. Yet Fetterman's ambitious plans include repurposing abandoned lots and fostering numerous arts and community initiatives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Urbanization; Economics; PopTech 2009
|Kevin Starr: Lasting Impact - PopTech|
Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation director, looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. He thinks all projects need to answer four questions: Is it needed? Does it work? Will it get to those who need it? Will they use it correctly when they get it? Too many bad ideas are using up our limited resources and that needs to change.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Poverty; Development; Business; Sustainability; PopTech 2010; Big Systems; Social Innovation
|Burnham & Jonsson: Freeing Internet innovation - PopTech|
Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. Ari Jonsson is the rector of Reykjavik University, Iceland's leading university in technology, business and law. They discuss the creation in Iceland of an ideal policy framework for innovation on the Internet.
|Ann Masten: Inside resilient children - PopTech|
Ann Masten is a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies resilience in young people exposed to poverty, homelessness, migration, disaster, war and other adversities. "The most powerful protective system for a human child is a loving, caring family."
|Desney Tan and Scott Saponas: Our bodies as the interface - PopTech|
Scott Saponas and Desney Tan both work at Microsoft Research where their latest project, called Skinput, focuses on allowing richer, more natural ways of interacting with our ubiquitous technology devices. They envision a day when you can change your music, learn a language, and even answer email using bio-acoustics on the touch-sensitive surfaces of our bodies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Biology; Innovation; Design; Mobile; Data; Emerging Tech
|Chris Marianetti's Found Sound Nation - PopTech|
Chris Marianetti, a classically trained musician and composer, got started by bringing his recording studio to a Bronx school. Marianetti ended up recording an album with his students and then invited master musicians to contribute. Today, his organization, Found Sound Nation, creates collaborations all over the world, bringing people together through music.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Community; Collaboration; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|Jan-Emmanuel De Neve: Tax incentives|
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve shares some data that suggest some interesting ways to incentivize people to pay their taxes. "If we can make the tax form slightly less frustrating and perhaps raise compliance, we can do a lot of good."
Keywords: finance; PopTech 2013; Science Fellows 2013
|Paula Kahumbu: Conservation 2.0 - PopTech|
As executive director of WildlifeDirect, 2009 PopTech Fellow Paula Kahumbu is building a global wildlife conservation community that connects conservationists and their supporters through blogs and direct funding. The goal: a movement powerful enough to reverse catastrophic species loss in Africa and around the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; Fellows; Sustainability; Technology; Community; Social Innovation; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009
|Yasser Ansari: Citizen Science - PopTech|
Yasser Ansari's Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls "a field guide for every organism." Inspired by Darwin's Field Guide, bio-instruments, and a little bit of steampunk, the platform encourages citizen scientists to step into the world, eyes open, and begin documenting what they find.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Mobile; Environment; Biology; Activism; Green; PopTech 2010; Ecology
|Paul van Zyl: Legacy of Torture - PopTech|
Co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), Paul Van Zyl has devoted his career to human rights. The South African has been helping his country out of apartheid through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Van Zyl calls on America to hold its own commission to "openly and publicly" confront the torture that recently occurred in Guantanamo and elsewhere.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Conflict; Justice; Africa; Human Rights; Freedom; PopTech 2009
|Ben Lyon: Mobile Microcredit - PopTech|
Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Finance; PopTech 2010; BoP; Mobile; Microfinance
|Rinku Sen: Locating Justice - PopTech|
Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center, is devoted to creating a more inclusive America. If we're willing to be explicit about the ways racism works around us, Sen says, we can create the society we all want to live in. Sen also publishes the ColorLines, a magazine on race and politics. (www.arc.org)
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Human Rights; Justice; PopTech 2009; Activism
|Hayat Sindi launches i2 - PopTech|
A leader in both science and social innovation, Dr. Hayat Sindi launched i2, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity at PopTech 2011. Dr. Sindi created the institute to bridge the gap between education and opportunity in the Middle East.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Science; Development; Entrepreneur; Activism; DIY; Youth; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Emerging Tech; Social Innovation Fellows
|Kel Sheppey: Fighting HIV/AIDS - PopTech|
To combat the spread of AIDS, Kel Sheppey founded Wild4Life, an AIDS awareness and testing organization that collaborates with wildlife conservation groups, reaching remote communities and educating them about the importance of AIDS testing and education. The goal: to completely stop the spread of AIDS by leveraging influence within communities.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Africa; PopTech 2010; Collaboration; Community
|Robert Neuwirth: Free Markets vs. Flea Markets - PopTech|
Robert Neuwirth tells us about life in the informal economy, what French culture classifies as System D. 1.8 billion people on the planet subsist through economic transactions that happen outside legal spheres and, by 2020, two thirds of our planet will be doing business in this domain. The future is the free market vs. the flea market.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Culture; Economics; Governance; Geography; Nationalism; Politics
|Dominic Muren's Humblefactory - PopTech|
Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Technology; Entrepreneur; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|The Egyptian revolution on film - PopTech|
Shima'a Helmy joins filmmakers and friends Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton onstage at PopTech to talk about their collaboration on an upcoming documentary film, If. The film explores what it's like being a young revolutionary through the eyes of four different Egyptian women, including Helmy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Activism; Democracy; Journalism; Community; Human Rights
|Logan Richardson: Jazz musings - PopTech|
Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on musical favorites like "God Bless America".
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2009; Culture
|Iain Couzin: Collective behavior - PopTech|
Iain Couzin studies how animals coordinate behavior. He has discovered that locust plagues don't occur because the insects are cooperating. Rather, it is a forced march: if they stop, they risk being cannibalized. Such insights help communities to track oncoming outbreaks while also challenging scientists' theories of collective animal behavior.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Biology; Collaboration; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011
|Asenath Andrews: The school for self reliance - PopTech|
Asenath Andrews founded the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school in Detroit for teen mothers that also provides early education services for their children. The school blends an innovative curriculum with urban farming and a healthy dose of high expectations. "If I expect that you are going to have a future, then you expect it."
|Deborah Kenny's fixing education - PopTech|
Deborah Kenny wants to scale the effective programs her organization, Harlem Village Academies, has produced. By avoiding previous, well-intentioned, failures and by providing teachers and students with empowering tools, she wants to get what's working for her schools in every US school--and she encourages all of us to get involved.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2010; Education; Youth
|Erik Hersman: Africa on the rise - PopTech|
Erik Hersman asks us to shed outdated notions of Africa as a unified place plagued by starvation and war. Between mobile phone innovations like M-PESA, social networking like MXit and entrepreneurial spaces like Maker Faire Africa, Hersman sees innovation and entrepreneurship exploding within some of Africa's--and the world's--fastest growing economies.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech 2011; Economics; Culture; Development; Africa; DIY
|Casey Dunn: Evolving Diversity - PopTech|
Casey Dunn"Casey Dunn is rethinking where individuality begins. He is fascinated by siphonophores, deep sea superorganinisms comprised of thousands of organisms that are genetically identical but function in different ways. How have evolutionary pressures acted on the siphonophore and the individual organisms within it?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Science Fellows 2010; Biology; Evolution; Environment; Ocean; PopTech 2010
|James Fowler: Power of Networks - PopTech|
Can your social network make you fat? Affect your mood? Political scientist James H. Fowler reveals the dynamics of social networks, the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other. With Nicholas A. Christakis, Fowler recently coauthored, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Collaboration; Community; Internet; PopTech 2009
|Amishi Jha: Building Attention - PopTech|
Amishi Jha is a brain scientist who is working on ways to train brains to pay better attention. How can mindfulness training help people in high-stress situations - from medical staff to soldiers - better navigate their challenging environments?
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Science Fellows 2010; PopTech 2010; Mind; Neuroscience; Fellows
|Nina Dudnik: Seeding Labs - PopTech|
2010 Social Innovation Fellow Nina Dudnik's organization, Seeding Labs, takes discarded lab equipment from the United States to needy labs in other countries. As part of its commitment, Seeding Labs also connects scientists from the U.S. with their counterparts in Africa and South America.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Education; PopTech 2010; Africa
|Julia Watson: Sacred places|
Julia Watson explains why it is so important to preserve environmentally sensitive sites and ecosystems around the world while considering the interests and participation of local inhabitants. "I am an architect and I am interested in preserving these sacred places."
Keywords: Architecture; Environment; PopTech 2013; Social Innovation Fellows 2013
|Gideon Obarzanek’s Digital Moves - PopTech|
Hailed by The Australian as the country's best modern dance company, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move dazzles audiences with its use of site-specific installations and interactive sound and light technologies. Obarzanek's avant-garde performances explore the tensions between the rational world we live in and richness of our imagination.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Art; Music; PopTech 2009
|Peter Kareiva is upbeat on the environment - PopTech|
Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kareiva is often noted for his emphasis on nature's resiliency, rather than its impending doom. "Totally unnecessarily we get into a conversation where it is farmers versus conservation, where it is loggers versus conservation, where it is fishermen versus conservation."